Saturday, 28 December 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Hey Everyone

Over Christmas time I did have posts ready to be published for you all, but unfortunately I forgot to take into account the fact that there is no Wi-Fi or 3G or any form of Internet at my Grandmothers, where I spent Christmas this year.  Due to this, I basically took an accidental holiday from blogging.

I just wanted to apologise for the severe lack of posts and also wanted to wish every one of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.  I hope you all got what you wished for and hope you all had a lovely day.

Love Katie

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Bad Blogger Katie

Hey everyone!

So you may or may not have noticed but recently I've been a bad blogger.  I've not been blogging as much as I would like but there is literally so much happening for me right now, especially with the run up to Christmas.  

I completely get that some people manage to balance their lives and blogging perfectly well but recently I've been finding it hard.  

I've been swamped by assessments and essays at college, been rushed off my feet and work and even my personal life has become somewhat draining.  Any free time I have had, I've been trying to unwind a little. 

I just wanted to let you all know that I promise I haven't forgotton about blogging, or given up on it. 

Blogging is something I love doing but right now I just don't have as much time as I would like to write posts.  After the new year, things should begin to settle again and I should be back on track.  If not, you can call me a bad blogger.

Speak to you all shortly (hopefully)

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Degustabox Review

Hey everyone! 

When I got an email a month or so ago from Degustabox asking if I would like to sample their box, I took a chance.  Yes food isn't my primary subject on this blog but like most people, I love good food. 

The box is much bigger than I thought and is filled with so much stuff!!

Included in the box is a card with all the products in the box as well as a few recipes on the back created for the products included. 

The first thing I noticed in my box was Drink Me Chai Spiced Latte.  I'm an avid tea drinker but this Chai Latte is really lovely for a change.  Perfect for winter, it's warm and soothing. 

Next thing I noticed was these two boxes of Belvita breakfast bars.  I'm a big cereal bar person and Belvita is one of my favourites so I was really happy to see this in the box.  The cocoa one is delicious. 

Next I came across these four sachets of Bisto Chef Special Gravys.  I love gravy and a roast dinner is not the same without it. I'm most excited to try the lamb gravy with mint! 

Also included in the box is Oxo Shake and Flavour in Garlic and Herb.  There's a lovely recipe for Garlic and Herb potato  wedges on the back featuring this product and boy do they look good. Definitely trying it out!!

Next was these 3 Bavaria drinks which wasn't really my kind of thing so I gave these to my dad.  I'm quite fussy when it comes to drinks but my dad liked them!

Also there was 2 Levi Roots products - one smokey jerky and the other a jerk chicken paste - I'm not a big fan of spicey foods but the rest of my family are so they are all really excited to try these out. 

Back to my favourites, these Yu Granola Clusters are soo yummy. There was 2 different flavours with 5 bags in each. The strawberry one is my favourite of the two. 

Next, these Bisto Stock Melts are actually the ones my mum uses, so she was more than happy when I gave them to her.  She uses them to make the most delicious homemade soup. 

And finally Degustabox included an additional surprise seeing is there first box launch in the UK - Green & Blacks organic spiced chilli chocolate.  Like I said already spicey foods aren't my favourite but I feel like I need to try this unique bar! 

Overall Degustabox is a lovely fresh change to the typical "boxes" out there. I thought it was nice to try one that wasn't primarily beauty based.  

Believe it or not this box retails at £9.99 which I think is incredible value for money! I mean I got 17 products!! 

And the lovely people at Degustabox have provided me with a discount code you can all use to get an additional £3 off your box!! 

If you want to get this box head over to the Degustabox website and remember to enter in my discount code - subtlecoral999. 

I hope you all enjoyed today's post and I shall speak to you all shortly. 


Friday, 6 December 2013

I'm a Beauty Blogger, Get Me Out of Here!!; Week Two

Hey everyone!

I was tagged again from my lovely friend Estelle to take part in week two of "I'm a Beauty Blogger, Get Me Out of Here". This tag has been created by the lovely girls at Next Route Style, so pop over and give them a visit because they truly have a great blog.  If you missed the first week you can catch it here.  Without any further ado, let's get into this weeks questions.

1) Firstly congratulations! You won last week’s bush tucker trial and your reward is a makeover from a professional make-up artist. What look would you choose and why?

A) Ooh that's a tough one.  I would probably request a pretty natural look if I'm honest.  Like a 'my face but better' type thing.  I would probably ask especially for some long lasting lip stain to give my lips a flush of colour, and to settle my lip product addiction. 

2) It’s time to wash – ok so it’s not in a luxury shower or a bath but you do get a choice of one soap/shower gel to use. What would you choose and why?

A) Lush's Twilight shower gel.  I know it's been discontinued but I'm hanging onto my 100ml bottle with hope.  It's such a calming lavender scent and would definitely calm any jungle jitters I had!  I love using this after a stressful day and I can only beg and hope Lush brings it back. 

3) Today is the arrival of a new camp mate, yay! You get to decide, it can be anyone this time. Who will you choose and why?

A) Taylor Lautner.  Hands down.  If I'm going to be stuck in the jungle for three weeks, I need a bit of eye candy to keep me strong.  Plus, he seems really funny and down to earth, I think he would be a pretty chill guy to hang out with. 

4) It can get a little boring in the jungle and you’re feeling sluggish. What one fitness exercise would you do?

A) I'm not actually sure whether you're allowed to or not, but I would love to go for a run through the jungle, as long as I could find my way back.  I think it would be fun to get away from camp for a bit and just explore.

5) How would you create your own jungle fashion style?

A) Thats hard considering there is a set outfit.  I would probably try and go all Vanessa Hudgens in Journey 2.  Whether it would work, who knows.

6) What is your favourite Australian product and why?

A) I know this is probably going to be most people's answers, but my Aussie Shampoo and Conditioner.  It's absolutely divine and it smells unbelievable. 

7) Good news, the camp has won the treasure chest hunt! In need of something sweet, each camp mate wins their own cupcake. What would yours be?

A) Chocolate.  I need my chocolate fix. 

8) Challenge – bush tucker trial number 2, ‘the jungle hair & beauty salon’. You’re sitting under a vintage hair dryer and instead of hot air being blasted out you are greeted by 10,000 creepy crawlies. Which creepy crawlies would you detest the most and which ones wouldn’t you mind?

A) Oh dear.  I think I would pull a Helen Flannagin on this one.  I would hate spiders or anything that could bite.  I wouldn't mind cockroaches as much but like Rochelle and Natasha said, I'd much rather a normal blow dry please!

I hope you all enjoyed this weeks tag! I tag all of you to give this a go for yourself!


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Say Hello To My Little Friend

Hey everyone!

No I have not accumulated a pet of some sort, nor have I recently made friends with one of the 7 dwarfs.  This is simply an introduction to my new baby, my MacBook Air. 

Many of you probably already know that for months I have been stuck blogging on my iphone and while convenient, it's not ideal as a long term solution.  My old laptop broke and left me completely abandoned without any source of the interwebs other than my phone (and occasionally my sisters laptop). 

But now, all has changed.  I will be able to blog more, organise my layout, add captions, change my font, all the simple little things you take pleasure of when blogging with a laptop.  I couldn't be happier with my MacBook (well once I get the hang of scrolling) and I'm excited to start improving and editing my blog to look pretty again. 

Thank you all for bearing with me when mobile blogging was my only solution.